Apistogramma steindachneri (A 138) has been a popular aquarium fish since it was first discovered. It was likely introduced to Germany in about 1906 and became well-established in the hobby after the end of WW II. It’s one of the largest Apistos and makes a very showy impression. Although it’s mostly silvery in appearance, it […]
Apistogramma commbrae (A93, A94) is a dwarf cichlid species from central to southern South America. They’ve been known to hobbyists for more than a hundred years but are rarely imported today. Apistogramma commbrae are rather drab compared to many other Apistos making them less attractive commercially. However, they are easy to care for, easy to
Apistogramma gephyra (A231 – A233) is very similar to Apistogramma agassizii in both appearance and behavior. Several characteristics differentiate it from agassizii, especially its much rounder caudal fin (tail). While not regularly popular in North America it does occasionally appear on fish availability lists.
Apistogramma cf. pertensis (A146 – A152) is a long and very slender species known for the very high dorsal fin some males develop. In some forms, individual males will have a sail-like dorsal fin that is truly impressive. However, the height of the dorsal fin can vary considerably between different collecting locations.
Apistogramma paucisquamis (A 219) is a highly variable species that is a member of the bitaeniata group of Apistogrammas. Found in the Rio Negro drainage, Apistogramma paucisquamis exhibits significant differences in coloration between individuals. Prior to its scientific description by Kullander and Staeck in 1988, this fish was known in the hobby as Apistogramma sp.
Apistogramma geisleri (A58 – A61) is a nondescript Apistogramma species that is rarely found in the American hobby. The few imports that have arrived have not been widely distributed. They are not impressively colored fishes but, they are an interesting and very rare Apisto.
Apistogramma species are probably the best-known of all dwarf cichlids. While many aquarists have never seen a live Apistogramma, their photos exhibit a mystique and charisma that captures the imagination. However, with more than 400 different varieties that come from all over South America, it’s hard to know how to approach the genus. My advice